The Book of Ron Paul
2011 Ron Paul Chapter 27
24 June 2011
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Mr. WOODALL. Mr. Speaker, at this time I am pleased to yield 3 minutes to a gentleman who has great reverence for the United States Constitution, the gentleman from Texas (Mr. PAUL).
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Mr. PAUL. I thank the gentleman for yielding.
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I rise in support of this rule, although I have a lot of complaints about how we deal with the issue of war. This is a debate that should have gone on 4 months ago, before the war was started. And if we had done this properly, we wouldnt be bringing this up quickly today. No committee work, no discussion, no chance for amendment. But, nevertheless, I will support the rule because at least we get a chance to talk a little bit about whats going on in Libya.
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We have two resolutions that will come up under this rule. The first resolution, generally, I understand most individuals arent too keen on this, because its a literal endorsement—a rather explicit endorsement—of the war, so obviously I oppose H.J. Res. 68. But my greatest concern is about H.R. 2278. The way I read this resolution is that it essentially grants the same authority that we grant in the first Resolution because we say that no funds can be used—it denies the use of funds. But how can you deny the use of appropriated funds when theyre using funds that werent appropriated? Its so redundant. The funds were never appropriated. So, yes, its a good statement. You dont continue to be illegal, is what were saying.
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What Im concerned about are the exceptions. All the exceptions are for the things that theyre already doing, like search and rescue, intelligence gathering, reconnaissance, surveillance, refueling, operations planning, and doing everything except pulling the trigger. So were legalizing the current war.
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I believe that H.R. 2278 is the first time that we in the Congress are making a statement of granting authority to the President to pursue this particular war. I am in strong opposition to that resolution as well, although I understand the other side of the argument because it says denial of funds. The author of the resolution said the reason why we have the exception is to protect the integrity of our contract or agreement with NATO. Well, in the resolution it says we have to stop the funding because we dont want to support NATOs war.
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So its totally inconsistent. Makes no sense whatsoever. But it reminds me of the War Powers resolution. After the Vietnam War, we didnt want to get into that kind of war any more, so Congress, in its infinite wisdom, with good intentions, it designs the War Powers resolution, which legalized war for 90 days. Thats part of the reason why were here. Were worried about 90 days. But here were going into the fourth month dealing with the War Powers resolution.
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There is a simple solution to all of this, and that is to obey the Constitution. Dont allow our Presidents to go to war without a declaration of war, and we wouldnt be facing this problem of this debate that actually gets a little bit silly on restraining the President. Yes, we should. We should exert ourselves. We have the prerogatives, and we have the obligations. We have avoided it. Its time to stand up for the rule of law.
2011 Ron Paul Chapter 27
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